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American Idol 4, February 22: Hits and the MissesPage 2
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Nadia Turner, "(Thereís) The Power of Love"
Randy - "Props to you for staying true to who you are... you came out here and rocked it... that was excellent!"
Paula - "You look great... I was really surprised, I had no idea you had that in you! I really love it!"
Simon - "The antidote of karaoke hell... what I loved about you this evening was you decided not to play safe... you said Iím original and Iím here to win, and I congratulate you."
Sting7 - You know, Iíve seen plenty of polls and message boards of people proclaiming their favorites, and no one ever mentions Nadia. They will now! Outstanding work. This is a prime example of performance over nit-picking notes. She had a couple of rough ones, but so what? She was in complete control of the stage. You could not take your eyes off her! Thatís a star, people Ė get off the perfect notes, youíre missing the point.
Celena Rae, "I Will Love Again"
Randy - "Itís interesting... it was very safe and bit boring for me."
Paula - "You seemed a bit tentative... midway through you powered up with your vocal... not sure about your song choice."
Simon - "I think with that song, itís hard to ask the audience to know what youíre about... this was like "I donít have a clue." But you could have a good voice."
Sting7 - Then there was Celena. In her defense, Lara Fabianís version did not have all that Moog in it. I think the band got a wee bit excited, and Celena seemed to have to sing over it! She found her groove about midway through, but for the singers who got no back story thus far, they have to work a little harder to compete with the fan bases that have already started. Iím not sure she made it there.
Mikalah Gordon, "Young Hearts, Run Free"
Randy - "Personality, personality, personality.... you got that going on.... I enjoyed ya!"
Paula - "You are a character... I had fun too... I was rooting for ya... youíre loveable, your goofy and you can sing too."
Simon - "I think half the audience will find you very amusing, and the other half will find you annoying."
Sting7 - Dahling! Simon is sooo correct when he says Mikalah will either seem adorable or annoying as hell. The feedback Iím getting is overwhelmingly the latter. The Black Eyed Peas have a great song with the lyrics, let me see how it goes, oh yeah, "shutup, just shutup shutup, shut it up just shutup shutup." Mikalah, shut up! Just sing. Ask Fantasia, who learned to keep her yap shut when she thought she was being endearing, someone put a bug in her ear that she was annoying folks too. That took her all the way to the top. Vocally, I like Mikalah, but with all weíve seen, it may be beside the point. Sheíll need a knockout performance (and a muzzle), to keep her from being a frequent visitor to the bottom three. Mikalah. I like ya. Shut. Up.
Lindsay Cardinale, "Standing Right Next To Me"
Randy - "I think youíre a better singer than that... take some chances."
Paula - "You do stand out because you have a deep, rich sexy tone... the song you chose didnít show that."
Simon - "I think you are potentially a good singer, you have to take a risk... youíre better than that song, that was just boring, and youíre not!"
Sting7 - This was the song she first auditioned with (yet Randy acted like he never heard it beforeÖ Grrr!), and itís a Karla Bonoff number. Exactly! Singing a song no one (but me) knows is a big risk! Not a good one. I like Lindsayís voice and her presence, but this just didnít work for me at all.
Jessica Sierra, "Against All Odds"
Randy - "I liked it man... I like the kind of husky tone you have."
Paula - "You did something very nice, you commanded the stage, it shows me that you know who you are."
Simon - "I donít think it was the best we heard you sing, I think you were very nervous tonight... when we saw you in Pasadena we said this girl is potentially very good. I hope you stay in this week."
Sting7 - I have to admit that Iím a bit mystified about what makes Jessica special, but Rashida Johnson had to go home. Didnít feel anything for this performance. I wonít use Simonís analogy about hotel lobbies, but it was what I was feeling. Sorry, Jessica.<--Previous 1 2 3 Next-->
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